The American Rescue Plan

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State & Local Government Funding

The American Rescue Plan will provide $6.355 billion to help state and local governments in Maryland fund emergency services, distribute the vaccine, employ frontline workers and more, including:

  • $3.87 billion to the State of Maryland.
     
    • The State will also receive $169 million for capital projects enabling work, education and health monitoring, including remote options in response to the public health emergency.
       
  • $1.173 billion to Maryland’s county governments.
     
  • $1.14 billion in direct funding to Maryland’s city and municipal governments, including these allocations for the Third Congressional District:
     
    • Anne Arundel County: $112,509,414
       
    • Baltimore City: $670,270,000
       
    • Baltimore County: $160,706,923
       
    • Howard County: $63,261,464
       
    • Montgomery County: $204,083,827
       

Direct Payments

To help Marylanders stay afloat during the ongoing economic downturn, the American Rescue Plan will provide direct payments to more than 2.5 million Maryland households – totaling $6.25 billion.

To check the status of your payment, see here. For more details about the third round of Economic Impact Payments, see here.
 

Child Tax Credit

The American Rescue Plan expands the Child Tax Credit, resulting in a historic reduction in child poverty across the United States. In Maryland, it will lift more than 52,000 children out of poverty and benefit 1.1 million children (85 percent of children in our state). 

The American Rescue Plan also increases the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit by up to $4,000 for one child or $8,000 for two or more children. It also makes the tax credit fully refundable. This would significantly ease the burden of child care costs for many Maryland families, who pay on average $15,335 annually for infant care and $10,254 for the care of 4-year-olds.

See here for more information about the positive impacts of the expanded Child Tax Credit in Maryland's Third Congressional District.
 

Earned Income Tax Credit

To support low-income workers, the American Rescue Plan expands the Earned Income Tax Credit, benefiting roughly 255,000 Maryland workers.
 

Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

The American Rescue Plan extends expanded federal unemployment benefits through September 6. (The benefits would have expired on March 14.) The expanded unemployment benefits will help more than 300,000 Marylanders who currently rely on unemployment benefits.

See here for more information about how the American Rescue Plan will boost unemployment benefits for Marylanders.
 

Education & Child Care

To help get Maryland students safely back into the classroom, while also providing our schools and educators with the resources they need, the American Rescue Plan includes:

  • $1.95 billion for Maryland K-12 education.
     
  • $1.756 billion for Maryland’s local school districts.
     
  • $549 million for Maryland institutions of higher education.
     

To support early childhood education in underserved communities across Maryland, the American Rescue Plan includes:

  • $11 million in Head Start funding.
     

To help Marylanders afford child care and to help ensure that Maryland child care providers can continue to operate safely, the American Rescue Plan includes more than $513 million in child care funding for our state, including:

  • $194 million in supplemental Child Care Development Block Grants.
     
  • $310 million in Child Care Stabilization Grants.
     
  • An additional $9 million in Child Care Entitlement to States funding.
     

The American Rescue Plan makes significant investments to close the digital divide and support students with disabilities through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including:

  • More than $7 billion for the Federal Communications Committee’s E-Rate program, which will now be able to provide funding to elementary and secondary schools and libraries to supply Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers and internet-enabled devices, including internet service through such equipment, to students, staff and patrons.
     
  • More than $2.5 billion in nationwide grant funding to support K-12 students with disabilities, including $200 million to support preschoolers with disabilities and $250 million for infants and toddlers under IDEA.
     

Health Care

In addition to direct funding for state and local governments, the American Rescue Plan provides funding to control the pandemic and help get more vaccines into the arms of Americans efficiently and equitably, including (nationally):

  • $7.5 billion for vaccine distribution and administration.
     
  • $1 billion for vaccine confidence activities.
     
  • $7.6 billion for community health centers.
     
  • $6.05 billion for research, development, manufacturing, production and purchase of vaccines, therapeutics and supplies.
     
  • $500 million for the FDA to continue to evaluate performance, safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics.
     
  • $10 billion for Defense Production Act to procure essential PPE and other medical equipment.
     
  • $47.8 billion for COVID-19 testing, tracing, and mitigation activities.
     
  • $1.75 billion for SARS-COV-2 genomic sequencing and surveillance, which will help monitor and identify new strains/variants.
     
  • $7.66 billion for public health workforce.
     

To ensure health care affordability and accessibility, the American Rescue Plan (nationally):

  • Lowers or eliminates health insurance premiums for millions of Americans who buy insurance through the marketplaces through increased tax credits, reducing premiums by potentially thousands of dollars each year.
     
  • Subsidizes 100 percent of premiums for COBRA continuation coverage to help people who experienced job loss maintain their health coverage.
     
  • Allows states to provide Medicaid coverage for one year postpartum to address the maternal health crisis that is disproportionately affecting communities of color.
     
  • Increases federal support through Medicaid for home- and community-based services.
     

To support behavioral health, the American Rescue Plan includes (nationally):

  • $3 billion for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Community Mental Health Block Grants.
     
  • $420 million for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.
     
  • $140 million to develop a program to support providers’ mental health and decrease burnout of providers and public safety officers.
     
  • $80 million in new grants for community-based and behavioral health organizations.
     

See here for more information about how the American Rescue Plan lowers the cost of health insurance for Maryland families.
 

Housing and Utility Assistance

To help Marylanders struggling to meet their rental payments, the American Rescue Plan includes:

  • $318 million in Emergency Rental Assistance.
     
  • $180 million to $311 Million for the Homeowner Assistance Fund.
     
  • $166 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help families afford home heating and cooling costs.
     

The American Rescue Plan also makes significant investments in nationwide programs to support homeless services and prevent utility shutoffs including (nationally):

  • $9.9 billion for mortgage and utility assistance.
     
  • $5 billion for emergency housing vouchers.
     
  • $510 million for the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to support homeless services providers in communities across the nation for overnight shelter, meals, assistance to food banks and pantries, one month's rental or mortgage assistance to prevent evictions and one month's utility payments to prevent service cutoffs.
     
  • $500 million to HHS to provide financial assistance to low-income consumers and other consumers adversely affected financially by COVID-19 to assist with payments for drinking water and wastewater expenses.
     
  • $100 million for housing counseling.
     

Nutrition

To help American families put food on the table, the American Rescue Plan includes (nationally):

  • A 15 percent benefit increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the end of September.
     
  • Administration funding for states to enroll increased SNAP caseloads due to the pandemic.
     
  • $25 million to invest in technological improvements to expand access for families to use their SNAP benefits online.
     
  • $37 million for senior nutrition through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
     
  • Increases the value of Supplemental Assistance for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) vouchers for fruits and vegetables to $35 per month for 4 months, along with $390 million in funding for modernization.
     
  • Broadening meal eligibility for young adults at homeless shelters by increasing the age limit from 18 to 25 for the rest of the pandemic.
     
  • Extending Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program benefits through the duration of the health emergency, including the summer months, to allow families with children receiving school meals to purchase healthy food more easily during the pandemic.
     

See here for more information about nutrition assistance provided by the American Rescue Plan.

Small Businesses

To help small businesses weather the economic fallout of the pandemic, the American Rescue Plan provides critical support through a number of nationwide emergency programs, targeted at small businesses who need them most. This includes (nationally):

  • $7.25 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and expanded eligibility for digital news outlets.
     
  • $15 billion for the Targeted EIDL Advance Program.
     
  • $10 billion for businesses that haven’t received full EIDL advances from past legislation.
     
  • $5 billion for $5,000 payments to businesses that have suffered an economic loss of greater than 50 percent and employ not more than 10 employees.
     
  • $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund
     
  • $1.25 billion for Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program for live entertainment venues.
     
  • $10 billion for State Small Business Credit Initiative.
     

See here for more information about PPP loans.
 

Transportation and Public Transit

To help our frontline workers to travel to and from work and to ensure that our transit systems are able to weather the pandemic, the American Rescue Plan includes:

  • $1.4 billion for transit systems in the D.C. metro region, including WMATA.
     
  • $353.6 million for transit systems in Baltimore City.
     

To help Maryland airports weather the pandemic and continue delivering crucial supplies to our state, the American Rescue Plan includes $94.9 million for Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

 

September 20, 2021 The Sarbanes Standard
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